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TEACHERS ROCK Presented by Walmart & “Won’t Back Down”- a Special Event & Concert to Benefit Teachers & Education – at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE August 14 at 7:30 PM

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Live on August 14th at 7:30 p.m. from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media, and AEG present TEACHERS ROCK presented by Walmart and Walden Media’s upcoming feature film “Won’t Back Down,”a special tribute concert celebrating teachers and education and benefitting several non-profit organizations, featuring some of the biggest names in music, film and sports.

“We believe that TEACHERS ROCK and our upcoming movie, WON’T BACK DOWN, will both inspire parents to believe that they can make a real difference in the lives of students and teachers.”

The benefit concert will showcase live performances by Dierks Bentley, Fun. and Josh Groban and special appearances by Viola Davis from “Won’t Back Down,” Josh Hutcherson, Miranda Cosgrove, Pauley Perrette, Roshon Fegan and many more. Proceeds from TEACHERS ROCK will benefit three non-profit organizations: DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America.

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Won’t Back Down – Poster and Four Clips from the Movie

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Won’t Back Down will be released on September 28, 2012. The drama, produced by Walden Media & 20th Century Fox, is centered on two frustrated mothers (played by Viola and Maggie Gyllenhaal) who team up to transform an inner-city public school.

Specifically, Viola plays a teacher who risks plenty to join the cause; while Gyllenhaal plays a single mother who sells cars, tends bar and rouses parents to take charge of their grade school.

Rosie Perez as well as Fringe and The Wire star Lance Reddick co-star in the film playing the tough head of the school board (Perez), and Viola Davis’ husband who also happens to be a teacher (Reddick).

You’ll see several familiar faces in this including: Ving Rhames, Bill Nunn, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste.

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Won’t Back Down Theatrical Trailer

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The theatrical trailer for Won’t Back Down is now up at Yahoo Movies.

Directed by Daniel Barnz (Beastly) from a script he co-wrote with Brin Hill, the fact-based drama stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as a pair of determined mothers who team up to establish a charter school for struggling children in their Pittsburgh neighborhood.

Oscar Isaac co-stars as a ukelele-strumming teacher who takes a romantic interest in Gyllenhaal.  And making his big screen debut is Dante Brown. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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First Look at Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘Won’t Back Down’

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Here’s a first look at Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the film ‘Won’t Back Down’ which will be in cinemas this September.

‘Won’t Back Down’ Release Date Moved to September

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Originally scheduled for release in March, Won’t Back Down is now scheduled for release on 28 September 2012.  That is all.

Walden Media’s “Learning to Fly” renamed as “Won’t Back Down”

Friday, December 9th, 2011

In what has been the most confusing thing I have ever seen, Walden Media has been renaming this one movie over and over again.  The last time something like this happened, it was with a film that started out called Will, and was renamed Rock On and then finally released as Bandslam.

The film Still I Rise was renamed as Steel Town and then Learning to Fly.  Now the title is being reported as Won’t Back Down.  The film will be released in March 2012, regardless of what title it eventually goes by.  The latest two titles are also titles of songs by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which is interesting.  The name of the film was called into question months ago when it was called Steel Town for a while.  This is an original story about two strong women, both mothers, who channel their frustration into action and join forces to transform an inner-city school. They want to make a difference in education and the lives of their children.

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Walden Media’s Learning to Fly coming in March 2012 (Formerly ‘Still I Rise’ and ‘Steel Town’)

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

It looks like the film Still I Rise has finally been given a new name: Learning to Fly.  The name of the film was called into question months ago when it was called Steel Town for a while.  This is an original story about two strong women, both mothers, who channel their frustration into action and join forces to transform an inner-city school. They want to make a difference in education and the lives of their children.

‘Still I Rise’ renamed ‘Steel Town?’

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Apparently, Still I Rise was renamed Steel Town during production.  I spoke with someone who says that the final name has not been decided yet, but I really liked the original name for the film.  It evokes motion and emotion, action and reaction.  We’ll see where it goes from here when the first poster and/or trailer is released.

The film currently doesn’t have a release date, and is about two mothers teaming up to help make a difference at a local school.

Rosie Perez and Lance Reddick join ‘Still I Rise’

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The cast of Walden Media’s Still I Rise continues to grow, and the casting announcements remain very impressive.  This week Rosie Perez and Lance Reddick signed onto the film.

Inspired by America’s current education crisis, pic stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as two frustrated mothers who team up to transform an inner-city public school in Pittsburgh.

Oscar Isaac and Holly Hunter co-star as a teacher and the head of the teachers union, respectively.  Perez will play a former teacher who is now the poised-yet-frank head of the school board, while Reddick will play Davis’ husband who’s also a teacher.  Daniel Barnz is directing, having recently rewritten Brin Hill’s original script.

Perez, whose last studio pic was 2008’s “Pineapple Express,” earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her turn in “The Take” opposite John Leguizamo, who she recently re-teamed with on the indie comedy “Fugly!”

Reddick is best known for playing Lt. Daniels on HBO’s “The Wire.” He also had a key recurring role on ABC’s “Lost” and recently appeared on the bigscreen in “Jonah Hex.”

Holly Hunter joins cast of ‘Still I Rise’

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Holly Hunter has signed a deal to star in Still I Rise, a look at the public education crisis in America. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis star as “two frustrated mothers who team up to transform an inner-city public school.”

Hunter will play the head of the teacher’s union. Director Daniel Barnz (Beastly) is now polishing a rewrite of the original Brin Hill screenplay. Production on the Walden Media/Fox collaboration begins next week in Pittsburgh.

This is Hunter’s first feature film role since 2005, following a television role on Saving Grace.

-via Collider